Slate Political Gabfest

The Dead, Dead, Dead at 75 Edition

Friday, September 26, 2014

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder, the bombing campaign against ISIS, and Ezekiel Emanuel's Atlantic piece, "Why I Hope to Die at 75."



Krulwich Wonders: Ferocious Flowers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Nothin' dainty about these flowers. Nope, these guys are pistol-firing, fire-cracking blossoms from photographer/filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman. Click on this image and stand back ...

Foxtail from Andrew Zuckerman Studio on Vimeo.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Christopher Hitchens on Mortality

Friday, September 07, 2012

Carol Blue, the widow of Christopher Hitchens, discusses his last book, Mortality, a collection of his series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, written over the last year of his life. In this account of his affliction, Hitchens describes his battle with esophageal cancer and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us.

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The Takeaway

The Strange Science of Immortality

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Immortality has always been a dream of humanity, though in movies and books, we are often told that our mortality is somehow integral to the human experience. If you could live longer – much, much longer than our expected 79 years — would you want to?  Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Jonathan Weiner examines the science of longevity in his new book, Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality.


The Takeaway

Gone Beyond the Veil, But Still Online

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Facebook recently began offering memorial pages for website users who have passed away, allowing users to have a digital presence even after they die. It made us wonder: what happens to all those emails, pictures, and videos you've put on the web when you're no longer there to pay the monthly fees, and no one knows your password? Tech blogger Corvida Raven, from the She-geeks blog, says everyone should have a plan to pass on access to their online identity.  So does Jeremy Toeman, who started a company that helps you keep track of all your online accounts and will inform your loved ones of your passwords after you die.


On Being

Debbie Morris, Helen Prejean, and Elie Spitz — Reflections on the Death Penalty in America [remix]

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The American public supports the principle of capital punishment, but there is a growing consensus among Jewish and Christian thinkers — across traditional liberal/conservative lines — that it should be abolished in this country or suspended while the sys